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  • PIA

    PIA A320 crashes near Karachi


    Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has expressed shock after an aircraft operated by flag-carrier Pakistan International Airlines crashed in a built-up area of Karachi. Khan says that PIA chief Arshad Malik is heading for the city following the accident involving an Airbus A320 arriving from Lahore. “[An] immediate ...

  • Saab 2000 Erieye

    Saab 2000 lands secretive AEW&C deal


    Saab has secured an SKr1.6 billion ($165 million) order for an undisclosed number of its Saab 2000 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system aircraft.

  • El Al 747

    Outbreak interrupts El Al 747-400 powerplant sale


    El Al is renegotiating the sale of a batch of Boeing 747-400 engines after the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the original agreement. The Israeli flag-carrier withdrew its 747-400 fleet from service last year. All the aircraft were fitted with Pratt Whitney PW4056 engines. ...

  • El Al 787

    El Al awaiting final 787 as it cancels 737 leases


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has yet to take delivery of its final Boeing 787, while the airline shuffles its current fleet as part of efforts to reduce cash burn. The carrier’s rejig includes cancelling a lease for two more Boeing 737-800s, it has disclosed in a newly-released full-year financial ...

  • El Al

    El Al still discussing loan with carrier's survival at stake


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has warned that the survival of the airline is uncertain as it seeks to secure urgent funding to cope with the coronavirus crisis. In its belated full-year financial statement, El Al says a loan is “essential” and that the are “significant doubts” about the continued ...

  • Slam ER W445

    Saudi contract reboots Boeing SLAM ER production


    Boeing has secured a US Navy contract to provide 650 AGM-84 Stand-off Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM ER) missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi acquisition was listed in a $1.97 billion Foreign Military Sales contract announcement that provides for the missiles as well as upgrade work for the ...

  • El Al 787

    El Al in line for conditional support from government


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has received a preliminary indication that the government is prepared to provide support to the airline but with conditions attached. El Al had been in talks over a commercial loan with state-backed guarantee, after being turned down for an assistance package from the ministry of ...

  • EK A380

    Emirates Group expects at least 18-month crisis recovery


    Middle Eastern operator Emirates Group is expecting that recovery from the coronavirus crisis will take at least 18 months, as it braces for a “huge impact” on its 2020-21 performance. The Dubai-based company’s passenger operations were suspended a few days before the close of its financial year on 31 ...

  • AH-64E US Army

    USA approves $2.3bn refurbishment package for 43 of Egypt’s AH-64E Apaches


    The helicopters would be used to put down a Bedouin insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

  • Qatar Airways 787-8

    ​Qatar Airways to make ‘substantial’ job cuts


    Qatar Airways is to axe a “substantial number” of jobs as the global aviation industry faces a “grim” global outlook with no foreseeable improvement, the airline’s chief executive has told employees.

  • QR 787 1

    Qatar 787 drifts into A350 after being spun by Doha gale


    Qatar Airways states that a Boeing 787-8 and Airbus A350-900 belonging to the carrier suffered only minor damage after the 787 was spun by strong winds and drifted into contact with the adjacent parked A350. Surveillance video indicates the stationary 787 initially weathercocked some 90° to the left as ...

  • El Al 737-800

    El Al sells three 737-800s to ease financial pressure


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has reached a sale-and-leaseback agreement with an unidentified foreign company covering three Boeing 737-800s. The airline, which has been seeking to shore up its finances, says it signed a memorandum of understanding for the transaction on 23 April. El Al has not identified the ...

  • Etihad 787-10

    Etihad open to ‘constructive’ talks on Virgin Australia restart


    Virgin Australia’s biggest shareholder Etihad Airways says dealing with the coronavirus impact on its own business meant it was unable to provide further funding to the carrier, but that it remains open to “constructive discussions” over its potential restart.

  • El Al 787

    El Al in talks for bank loan backed by government


    El Al has entered discussions with an Israeli bank for a loan which would be partly backed by a state guarantee, in an effort to prop up its financial position. The Israeli flag-carrier had previously sought an assistance package from the ministry of finance but was turned down. ...

  • EK A380 pic

    Emirates A380 dipped below 400ft as crew mistakenly chased glideslope


    Investigators have determined that an Emirates Airbus A380 descended far below the glideslope at Moscow Domodedovo after its crew entered a rapid descent, erroneously believing the jet was too high for the correct approach path. It descended to 504ft above ground – with a rate of descent of 1,600ft/min ...

  • Etihad 787-10

    Etihad and Emirates prepare ground for service return


    Etihad’s announcement that it aims to begin restoring its passenger network from the start of May and Emirates’ initial move to test passengers for coronavirus ahead of flights show the Gulf carriers readying for a return to operations.

  • Emirates 777

    Emirates passengers undergo coronavirus blood tests before boarding


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has carried out blood tests on passengers to assess whether they are affected by coronavirus, ahead of a service to Tunisia. The airline is claiming that it is the first operator to perform rapid tests for the disease on passengers prior to departure. Emirates ...

  • Harpoon anti-ship missile on US Navy P-8A Poseidon

    Morocco approved to buy 10 Harpoon anti-ship missiles for its F-16s


    The US State Department has approved the possible sale of 10 Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles for Morocco’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters.

  • BA A350-1000 inaugural

    BA's first A350 damaged in ground shunt with Emirates 777


    British Airways’ first Airbus A350-1000 has been damaged in a ground accident which also involved an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER at Dubai. Images circulating on social media indicate that the trailing edge of the A350’s left-hand horizontal stabiliser struck – or was struck by – the left-hand elevators of the ...

  • 777-300ER Emirates

    Emirates and Etihad add more flights to schedules


    Middle Eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad have added more cities to their flight schedules as they resume limited services. Dubai-based Emirates will add services to Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Chicago, Tunis, Algiers and Kabul, commencing 16 April. It said on 13 April: “Only citizens of the ...